‘Olympic Team’ Kang Hyun-mook, Kim Joon-hong “Doing their best to make the final cut”
Kang Hyeon-mook and Kim Jun-hong, who were named on the list for convocation training in preparation for the U23 Asian Cup 카지노 qualifiers, shared their thoughts and goals.
On the 22nd, the Korea Football Association announced the list of Olympic national teams participating in the ‘2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup Preliminary Convocation Training’. Kang Hyeon-mook (MF) and Kim Joon-hong (GK) were named in Kim Cheon Sangmu. The convocation will be held in Changwon from August 28th to September 3rd. After the convocation training, the final list to participate in the Asian Cup qualifiers will be selected.
Kang Hyeon-mook said, “I will show everything I can do as many players with excellent skills have gathered. I will do my best to be included in the final entry.”
Kim Joon-hong said, “It is an honor. I will do my best to prepare well and show a good image.”
Kang Hyun-mook and Kim Jun-hong are both writing career highs in Gimcheon. His good form in his team also had an impact on his call-up to the national team. Kang Hyeon-muk started scoring in Gimcheon two years after scoring his professional debut goal for Suwon Samsung in 2021. Three of his four personal career goals were scored at Gimcheon. He also posted the most offensive points this season with 3 goals and 2 assists.
Kang Hyeon-mook said, “I tried to find a lot of data to supplement my scoring power. At Gimcheon, he was able to score a goal recently because of his good teamwork and confidence. In particular, he has the best teamwork with captain Won Doo-jae. As a captain, he gives a lot of encouragement,” he said.
He continued, “It is good to score, but since my nickname is Mookist (Kang Hyeon-mook + assist), I will try to record more help than goal greed. In particular, he added, “I want to give a lot of support to Jo Young-wook, who is competing for the top scorer.”
Kim Jun-hong also played in the most games this season since his debut. He only appeared in two games each in Jeonbuk in 2021 and 2022, but in Gimcheon in 2023, he started the last five games and made a leap as the main goalkeeper. After participating in the U20 World Cup, Kim Joon-hong, who was officially given a chance in Gimcheon, proved his ability by making several saves in most of the games he played this season.
Kim Jun-hong said, “I know that the national team always keeps an eye on the performance of the team it belongs to. He seems to have liked his performance in Gimcheon. In particular, among the three goalkeepers selected this time, I am the youngest. Being young is my strength, so I will try to show a good image by using it well.”
Kim Jun-hong was named on the U22 roster for joint training with the Hangzhou Asian Games team held in early August. Kim Jun-hong, who was first named Hwang Seon-hong in the previous call-up, was officially named in this call-up as well, and achieved a promotion from the U20 national team to a senior national team.
On the other hand, Kang Hyun-mook has a record of participating in the U23 national team in 2022. He appeared in 2 matches and scored 1 goal. Kang Hyeon-mook revealed that there is something else he is most looking forward to at this call. It is a reunion with fellow Maetango Jeong Sang-bin.
Kang Hyeon-mook said, “It seems that we will be playing soccer together for the first time in several years. I have many good memories with Sangbin. Even though we are far apart, we keep in touch often. I want to see it soon. If we work together a little more, we will be able to play the game with the good feelings we had before.”
Meanwhile, the Olympic team, which Kang Hyun-mook and Kim Jun-hong belong to, will go through convocation training from the 28th to the 3rd of next month to select the final 23 players. From the 4th to the 13th, the 2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup qualifiers will be played at the Changwon Soccer Center.